1708 Gallery

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Richmond, VA 23220
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Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category

InLight is Nov. 8! Mark your calendars!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Jason Peters, Meandering Dynamics, InLight Richmond 2012, photo by Terry Brown

Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond encourages artists to respond to a particular section of our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond. InLight Richmond 2013 will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 in downtown Shockoe along the Canal Walk from the Turning Basin to 17th Street. This year’s juror is Ken Farmer, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York, producers of the annual Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche Festival.

The InLight Richmond 2013 exhibition will present interactive projects, large-format projections, sculpture and performances that will engage the dynamic site.

InLight will kick-off with a Community Lantern Parade at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8. 1708 Gallery is organizing free lantern- making workshops throughout the fall to provide an opportunity for the Richmond community to participate in InLight.

Please visit www.1708gallery.org/inlight for more details.

Announcing the FEED2013 Finalists!

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

FEED2013 is an international juried biennial exhibition on view at 1708 Gallery September 6 through October 19, 2013.

Jurors Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA, and Corin Hewitt, Assistant Professor, Sculpture and Extended Media, VCU,  have selected five finalists from nearly 375 national and international entries. Each finalist will exhibit multiple works in FEED2013 and will receive an honorarium of $1,000.

1708 Gallery congratulates the FEED2013 Finalists:

Eleanor Aldrich, Knoxville, TN

Joshua Haycraft, Washigton, DC

Raewyn Martyn, Richmond, VA

Michael Mergen, Farmville, VA

Lior Modan, Richmond, VA

Announcing the InLight Richmond 2013 Call for Entries!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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1708 Gallery invites artists working in all media and disciplines, including performance, to submit proposals for InLight Richmond 2013, 1708 Gallery’s 6th annual one-night, public exhibition of light-based art and performance. InLight Richmond 2013 will take place on Friday, November 8 in Shockoe along the Riverfront Canal Walk. The juror for InLight Richmond 2013 is Ken Farmer, Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York.

Proposals should involve, be inspired by, investigate, or interpret themes of light, from light as medium to light as concept. Existing work, as well as proposals for new projects, will be considered. 1708 Gallery encourages artists to propose projects that respond directly to the site or are environmentally conscious.

In addition to technical and production support, an honorarium of $300 will be given to each project. All projects are eligible for the Best in Show award ($1500) and the People’s Choice Award ($500). Environmentally conscious works are also eligible for the Most Environmentally Conscious award ($1000).

The Riverfront Canal Walk between the Turning Basin and 17th Street is marked by the intersections of Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom, the Kanawha Canal, the Floodwall, the Richmond Slave, Trail, Interstates 95 and 195 and railroad lines. It is bordered by the James River, the Virginia Capital Trail, and numerous retail spaces, bars and restaurants, and business.

The deadline for submissions is midnight (EST), July 15, 2013.

For more information about InLight Richmond 2013 and to submit a proposal, please visit: www.1708gallery.org/inlight.

Still Action! Opening & Curators Talk 4/19

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Please join us for the opening reception of our latest exhibition, Still Action! at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, with a curators talk at 7:30 pm.

Kevin Van AelstKevin Van Aelst, And All I Ask is a Tall Ship and a Star to Sail Her By

Curated by Travis Fullerton and Paul Thulin, Still Action! features photographers who are investigating performative and scenographic aspects of image-making; artists interested in orchestrating an action for the camera with the intent of unveiling a hidden, purely visual, purely photographic reality that is specific to the scene in which they are participating. Their works speak to the power of a photograph to surpass the witnessed event in formal complexity, cultural critique, and wonder.

The photographers in Still Action! represent a range of experiences and reflect the global nature of contemporary art, as their respective geographies include New Zealand, England, and New York, NY. Still Action! features works by Kevin Cooley, Sharon Harper, Seba Kurtis, Tokihiro Sato, Geoffrey Short, and Kevin Van Aelst.

Join us for Jessica Segall’s opening reception this Friday!

Monday, February 18th, 2013

1708 Gallery invited you to join us for the opening reception of our latest exhibition, Jessica Segall: A Thirsty Person, on view from February 22 to March 16, 2013. Please join us for an artist talk and opening reception on Friday, February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Jessica Segall’s work investigates the link between creativity and survival, focusing on the production of energy in practical and alchemical forms. A Thirsty Person shares new sculpture, drawings and video produced from Segall’s travels to remote places such as the Arctic and Mongolia, and explores themes such as risk, vulnerability and a conscious ecology through the development of off-grid technologies. The labor-intensive and often humorous work necessitates collaboration with video, sound, and costume design, and illustrates the uninhabitable places upon which we all depend for survival.

Click here for more information about A Thirsty Person.


Video of Invisible’s performance at 1708!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The New Obsolete from 1708 Gallery on Vimeo.

Performed by Invisible at 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Oct. 13, 2012

None of Your Business

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

As Crest, our most recent exhibition, winds down, we have one final piece to highlight. For her series of interventions titled “None of Your Business,” Naoko Wowsugi makes modest alterations to small businesses that improve the business’s functionality and foster communication between the patron and the server. From exchanging a styrofoam toothpick holder for a ceramic espresso cup to inserting a cowbell to ring for service in small-staffed storefronts, her actions playfully transgress traditional boundaries between what we consider public and private.

Wowsugi extended “None of Your Business” into our downtown neighborhood as part of her work in Crest. Her sidewalk sign contributions to three (that we know of) neighboring businesses include adding Happy Hour details to the sign for Lift Coffee Shop & Café (218 W. Broad), placing a picture frame on the Corporate and Museum Frame sign (301 W. Broad), and creating an entirely new, interactive sign for Richmond Camera (213 W. Broad). In her artist statement, Wowsugi states that she sees herself as an “unsolicited [community] technician” “seek[ing] potential projects that strengthen connections among others, their environments, and [herself] in everyday life.” Wowsugi’s interventions are unimposing, intimate and essentially public, and suggest a contagious generosity of spirit.

Wowsugi’s sign contributions are on view indefinitely here in the 2-300 blocks of W. Broad Street. You can learn more about her work at her website, wowsugi.com.

video from Avery Lawrence’s performance at 1708

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Avery Lawrence Performance at 1708 Gallery from 1708 Gallery on Vimeo.

Avery Lawrence is Moving a Tree and Arranging Suitcases, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, June 22 – August 4, 2012, Filmed by Mark Strandquist and Edited by Caroline Moyer, www.1708gallery.org | ©2012

1708′s latest satellite exhibition now on view at the Linden Row Inn

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

New Faces 2012, 1708 Gallery’s latest satellite exhibition at Richmond’s historic Linden Row Inn, features artists that are all students or recent graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. Exhibiting artists include Colleen Billing, Hilliary Gabryel, Jennifer Guillen, Elizabeth Guzman, Josie Justice, Michael Muelhaupt, Rachael Starbuck, Mark Strandquist, Breonca Trofort and Egbert Vongmalaithong.

Mark Strandquist, tent imprint 1 (from the absence / occupied series), 2012

Curated by artist and 1708 Gallery Board Member Amie Oliver, New Faces 2012 features a glimpse of some of the fresh-faced talent enrolled in the BFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The media on view varies from photography to drawing, painting to sculpture, video and prints, but each artist’s vision and enthusiasm for concepts, materials and process promises to enlighten.

Join us for the opening reception of New Faces 2012 on Friday, September 7th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Linden Row Inn.

Click here for more information about New Faces 2012.

1708 Gallery organizes exhibitions for Linden Row Inn, a historic inn located at 100 East Franklin Street in downtown Richmond. The artwork is displayed in their lobby, parlor, dining room and courtyard for guests and the general public to enjoy. Part of the mission of our curatorial work for this venue is to show contemporary art that complements and creates a bridge with the historic interior and unique architecture. Linden Row Inn participates in the First Fridays Art Walk with a reception the first Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit their website www.lindenrowinn.com for more information.

Now accepting proposals for 1708′s 2013-2014 exhibition season!

Monday, August 6th, 2012

1708 Gallery, a 34-year-old non-profit space for new art in Richmond, Virginia, seeks exhibition proposals for our 2013-2014 season. National and international artists working in all mediums (including, but not limited to: video and film, new media, installation, painting, social practices, sculpture and performance), as well as curators are encouraged to submit exhibition proposals.

1708 Gallery’s mission is to present exceptional new art. 1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunities for artistic innovation for emerging and established artists and to expanding the understanding and appreciation of new art for the public.

1708 Gallery’s annual exhibition season runs from September through August and consists of up to 8 exhibitions featuring national and international emerging and established artists. Each exhibition is approximately 6 weeks long.

Submissions are reviewed by 1708 Gallery’s Exhibition Committee, which includes professional artists from its Board of Directors. Selected artists or curators will receive an exhibition (approximately 6 weeks long) at 1708 Gallery and a $300 honorarium. Pending funding, this amount may increase.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2012.

For more details and to submit your proposal using our online form, Please visit: http://www.1708gallery.org/exhibitions/about-exhibitions.php  

 Contact Gallery Coordinator, Matt Shelton at mshelton@1708gallery.org or 804.643.1708 if you have any questions.

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